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The Novo Nordisk Prize – Advances in medical science

The Novo Nordisk Prize – Advances in medical science

The Novo Nordisk Prize recognizes an active scientist who has provided outstanding international contributions to advance medical science for the benefit of people’s lives. The Prize is intended to award and further support biomedical research in Europe. The Prize is of DKK 5 million (appr. EUR 672,000) and consists of a DKK 4,5 million (appr. EUR 605,000) research grant and a personal award of DKK 0,5 million (appr. EUR 67,000).

The Foundation will grant an additional DKK 0,5 million for hosting an international symposium within the recipient’s field(s) of research.

Nominations

The nomination call is open until 1 June 2021. The Foundation welcomes nominations by individual researchers and by research institutions including academic and industrial institutions, and research funding agencies. To be evaluated by the Novo Nordisk Prize Committee, nomination must be submitted electronically via the nomination form to be accessed here. The nomination and review processes are confidential.

Eligibility 

  • Nominees must demonstrate scientific excellence that has led to a major discovery or breakthrough in understanding of human health and disease, prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of the disease.
  • Nominees must have a current position and an active research program at a public, non-profit research institution and/or in a company based in a European country.
  • Nominees must serve as inspirational leaders and role models for young scientists.
  • Nominees may have any nationalities.
  • Nominators (individual or institution) are not limited in number of nominations.

Ineligibility

  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Nominators cannot be family members
  • The prize may not be awarded to members of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Board or committee members or to Board members, directors or employees of the Novo Group.


Prize Lecture and Ceremony
After official announcement of the Prize, the recipient gives a lecture at his/her workplace, sponsored by the Foundation. The Foundation’s collaborating partners and the recipient’s guests are invited to the prize ceremony in April or May, where the prize recipient introduces his or her research for 15–20 minutes. The ceremony takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.


History of the Prize
The prize, originally DKK 50,000, was first awarded on 16 February 1963. Since then, the amount awarded gradually increased. The prize was called the Novo Prize from 1963 until 1989, when it was renamed the Novo Nordisk Prize. Until 2020 the Prize was given for a Danish contribution. In 2020, it has been decided to change the geographical scope of the prize and from 2021 the prize will be awarded for a European contribution.

 

The 2021 Novo Nordisk Prize
The 2021 Novo Nordisk Prize was awarded to Professor Marco Prinz for his pioneering studies of the crucial roles of these cells in the central nervous system, both in normal brain function and in connection with disease. His groundbreaking results form the basis for new diagnostic and treatment concepts for diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Read more here.

Tidligere modtagere

Årstal
Modtager
2021
MARCO PRINZ
Professor, dr.
2020
PREBEN BO MORTENSEN
Professor
2020
MERETE NORDENTOFT
Professor
2019
HANS BISGAARD
Professor, dr.med.
2018
JØRGEN KJEMS
Professor
2017
POUL NISSEN
Professor, PhD
2016
CHRISTIAN TORP-PEDERSEN
Professor
2015
JENS BUKH
Professor
2014
SØREN MOLIN
Professor, PhD
2013
SØREN K. MOESTRUP
Professor, dr.med.
2012
ERIK A. RICHTER
Professor, dr.med.
2011
PETER LAWÆTZ ANDERSEN
dr. med.
2010
HENRIK CLAUSEN
Professor, dr.odont.
2009
SØREN NIELSEN
Adm.dir., professor, dr.med.
2008
KRISTIAN HELIN
Professor, direktør
2007
MARJA JÄÄTTELÄ
Professor, dr.med
2006
HENNING BECK-NIELSEN
Professor, dr.med.
2005
MADS MELBYE
Professor, dr.med.
2004
MATTHIAS MANN (DELT)
Professor
2004
PETER ROEPSTORFF (DELT
Professor
2003
JIRI BARTEK (DELT)
Professor, afd. leder
2003
JIRI LUKAS (DELT)
Seniorforsker
2002
JØRGEN GLIEMANN
Professor, dr.med.
2001
THUE W. SCHWARTZ
Professor, dr.med.
2000
PETER AABY
Forskningsprofessor, dr.med.
1999
BENGT SALTIN
Professor, med.dr.
1998
CHRISTIAN AALKJÆR (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1998
MICHAEL J. MULVANY (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1997
PETER E. NIELSEN
Forskningsprofessor, dr.scient.
1996
HENRIK KEHLET
Professor, overlæge, dr.med.
1995
NIELS BORREGAARD
Forskningsprofessor, dr.med.
1994
HANS JØRGEN G. GUNDERSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1993
NIELS E. SKAKKEBÆK
Professor, dr.med.
1992
JAN FAHRENKRUG (DELT)
Overlæge, dr.med.
1992
JENS JUUL HOLST (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1991
ARVID MAUNSBACH (DELT)
Professor, med.dr.
1991
PETER LETH JØRGENSEN (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1990
MORTEN SIMONSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1989
HANS G. SJÖSTRÖM (DELT)
Lektor, dr.med.
1989
OVE B. NORÉN (DELT)
Lektor, dr.med.
1988
GUNNAR BENDIXEN
Professor, dr.med.
1987
HANS H. USSING
Professor, dr.phil.
1986
HANS HENRIK HOLM
Professor, dr.med.
1985
HANS KLENOW
Professor, dr.phil.
1984
STAFFAN MAGNUSSON
Afdelingsleder, dr. med.
1983
CHRISTIAN CRONE
Professor, dr.med.
1982
JENS F. REHFELD
Professor, dr.med.
1981
ARNE SVEJGAARD (DELT)
Overlæge, dr.med.
1981
FLEMMING KISSMEYER-NIELSEN (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1980
BENT FRIIS-HANSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1979
GERHARD SALOMON
Overlæge, dr.med.
1978
MARGARETA MIKKELSEN (DELT)
Overlæge, dr.med.
1978
VILLY POSBORG PETERSEN (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1977
ERIK AMDRUP
Professor, dr.med.
1976
NIELS TYGSTRUP
Professor, dr.med.
1975
GEORG MANDAHL-BARTH
Direktør, dr.phil.
1974
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
Professor, dr.med.
1973
K.A. MARCKER
Professor, mag.scient.
1972
J.CHR. SIIM
Overlæge, dr.med.
1971
MOGENS SCHOU
Professor, dr.med.
1970
POUL ASTRUP
Professor, dr.med.
1969
ERIK ZEUTHEN
Professor, dr.phil.
1968
NIELS A. LASSEN
Overlæge, dr.med.
1967
KNUD LUNDBÆK
Professor, dr.med.
1966
JØRN HESS THAYSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1965
J.C. SKOU
Professor, dr.med.
1964
CLAUS BRUN
Overlæge, dr.med.
1963
ERIK WARBURG
Professor, dr.med.

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